Nov. 16, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State women’s basketball team will host the Premier Players in the Seminoles’ final exhibition game on Sunday, November 17th at 1 p.m. at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. Fan Day will begin at noon with inflatable and interactive games outside on the patio/plaza area (near main entrance and box office). Following the game, there will be an autograph session with the coaches and players and a limited amount of free small soft drinks and hot dogs will be available for fans during this event.
Led by junior guard Tasheika Morris’ career-high 26 points, Florida State topped Athletes In Action 72-65 in the squad’s first exhibition on Tuesday. Three Seminoles joined Morris in the double-figure department. Senior Trinetta Moore finished the game with 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds while fellow senior Katelyn Vujas added a strong 10 points and seven boards. Freshman Ganiyat Adeduntan added 10 points coming off the bench. Freshman Holly Johnson got the start at the point and played 37 minutes for the Seminoles and recorded five assists.
“I saw some really good things in our first exhibition,” head coach Sue Semrau said. “I thought, initially, we were better than we were defensively, but I think we have a bit more to do defensively. Offensively, I was surprised that the spacing and the positioning for a young team with a young point guard was very good. We shot the ball well and those were real positive signs.”
Premier Players enters Sunday’s game with a 5-6 record, including victories over FSU opponents’ South Florida and Georgia Tech. ACC-foes North Carolina, NC State and Duke all defeated Premier Players in consecutive games in early November. Some of the players on Premier’s roster include former Miami Hurricanes’ Kym Hope and Octavia Blue, as well as former ACC players Marche’ Strickland (Maryland), Tynesha Lewis (NC State) and Juana Brown (North Carolina).
“Premier is going to be almost a complete contrast from Athletes in Action,” Semrau said. “While they (AIA) were the typical hard-working, blue collar, let’s play as a team kind of team, Premier is a bunch of WNBA players who are very individualistic, very athletic and can do a lot of one-on-one and a lot with ball screens. They’re going to challenge us physically in a way that Athletes in Action didn’t.”
Sophomore guard LaQuinta Neely, who missed Tuesday’s exhibition game with cellulites in her right foot, returned to practice full-time on Thursday and is expected to start in Sunday’s contest. Johnson, Morris, Vujas and Moore will remain in the starting five as they were against Athletes in Action.
“Quint has been easing back into things,” Semrau said. “Having her in the line up will give us a little bit more speed and a little bit more ability to penetrate and that type of thing.”
Premier Players Results:
November 1 defeated South Florida 63-62.
November 3 lost to North Carolina 87-74.
November 4 lost to NC State 101-78.
November 5 lost to Duke 100-51.
November 6 lost to Boston College 74-54.
November 7 defeated Georgia Tech 72-64.
November 8 lost to Georgia 112-88.
November 10 defeated Auburn 69-65.
November 12 defeated Alabama 78-72.
November 13 defeated Southern Mississippi 76-51.
November 14 lost to Arkansas 63-59.